Procrastination, sounds familiar? Many of us have this COMMON tendency of putting off tasks until last minutes. I actually have to confess that this blog should have come one week earlier than now because I was super busy in other tasks, which is a sounding excuse for not getting things done sooner than later. Now researchers have brought a couple of interesting articles talking about why we procrastinating and how to deal with it. After reading them, I felt reassured to see that procrastination is not a rare problem only to myself, but also worrisome to learn that it is an inborn human nature. We have to live with it. Furthermore, thinking positively, I’ve learned some new perspectives when these two articles discuss about the indications and implications from their studies. We can even possibly utilize procrastination for our advantages. So, why waiting, click the two links below to get your reading started, NOW.
When people are faced with a deadline far in the future, they are more likely to think the assignment is difficult. This leads them to procrastinate, spend more money on completing the assignment, and even risk abandoning it completely. These patterns are important for managers and others setting deadlines to recognize, in large part because the author’s research reveals that people’s tendency to procrastinate on long-term assignments and finish less-important but urgent assignments reflects a basic psychological preference. We behave as if pursuing urgent tasks has its own appeal, independent of objective consequences.
Psychologists have discovered that procrastination isn’t a time management thing but instead a coping mechanism. When we procrastinate, we’re avoiding an unpleasant task and doing something else that gives us a temporary mood boost.